Athens, Ga. – Jondi Keane, artist and researcher, will present two talks on the University of Georgia campus on April 10 and 11. Keane’s presentations are part of the Lanier Speakers Series sponsored by the UGA Department of English and are free and open to the public.
Keane is Senior Lecturer in Cross-Arts Practice at Griffith University in Australia. Since 1981 he has taught and exhibited in the northeastern United States, Europe and Australia. In 1992 he was a founding member of the collaborative interdisciplinary performance group, Co. M-S-K in Geneva, Switzerland. He has also collaborated with filmmakers and produced set designs for Vertical Danse Co. Keane participates in academic conferences and publishes essays on art, embodied practices, transdisciplinary poetics and perception and action. He works closely with the visionary art and architecture team of Arakawa and Madeline Gins.
Keane’s first talk, titled “From Text to Context through the Organism-Person Surround: Edgar Allan Poe, Arakawa, Madeline Gins and Helen Keller,” will be held on Tuesday, April 10, at 4 p.m. in room 265 of Park Hall. The second, “The First-Person Science of Practice as Research,” will be held on Wednesday, April 11, at 3 p.m. in the Tanner Building (located at the intersection of Fulton and Spring streets on the UGA campus).
The Lanier Speaker Series – inaugurated in 2001 by Jed Rasula, the Helen S. Lanier Distinguished Professor of English at the University of Georgia – brings visiting artists, authors and scholars to UGA. The mission of the series is to enrich the intellectual life of the campus, to extend the English department’s outreach to the academic community, to enhance interdisciplinary discourse and to engage alumni and Athens residents with an annual series of stimulating lectures. Previous speakers on the Lanier Series include Louis Menand, Paul Muldoon, Marjorie Perloff, Ed Sanders, Lyn Hejinian, Robert O’Meally, Alice Notley and Fredric Jameson.